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Empanadas at Gustazo in Cambridge
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The Best Cuban Restaurants in Boston Open for Takeout and Delivery

From Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to Cambridge’s Porter Square

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Empanadas at Gustazo in Cambridge
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Restaurants began to reopen for outdoor and indoor dining in June, but the pandemic continues on, and many diners are sticking with takeout and delivery for now. Fortunately, some of the Boston area’s best Cuban restaurants are open for takeout and/or delivery.

Boston is definitely not Miami, but there’s still a lot of great Cuban food in the area. Take a spin over to Jamaica Plain and eat your way down Centre Street, or head to Cambridge’s Porter Square for some decadent pork treats.

Please note that a number of Boston area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Without further ado, here are some of the most essential spots for Cuban food in and around Boston that are currently open for takeout and/or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

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2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(855) 487-8296
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Located in the sizable old Elephant Walk space in Porter Square, this Cambridge restaurant is known for its Cuban small plates and entrees — plenty of pork, plenty of seafood, and more. (Don’t miss the empanada of the day.) Bonus: Sam Treadway, the owner of the award-winning cocktail bar Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square, collaborated on Gustazo’s cocktail list. The restaurant also has a popular older sibling out in Waltham.

Currently offering takeout with curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: (855) 487-8296 [takeout] / Official Website [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery]

Churros stick out of a metal pail lined with paper, alongside a spicy chocolate dipping sauce, at Gustazo in Cambridge
Churros at Gustazo in Cambridge
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2. La Fábrica Central

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450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(857) 706-1125
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The menu at Central Square restaurant and club La Fábrica Central is inspired by various Caribbean cuisines and includes plenty of nods to Cuba, with dishes like ropa vieja-stuffed empanadas and empanadas modeled after a Cuban sandwich. (The sandwich itself is also on the menu, in slider form.)

Currently offering takeout with curbside pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: (857) 706-1125 [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

Overhead shot of a Cuban sandwich and side of French fries on a white plate
Sandwich Cubano at La Fábrica Central
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3. Mariel

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10 Post Office Square #120
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 333-8776
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Mariel opened in fall 2019, a sprawling, high-ceilinged palace of Cuban-inspired cuisine and cocktails from the team behind Lolita and Yvonne’s. While those who aren’t yet ready to dine inside a restaurant will want to avoid the gorgeous space for now, the menu can be enjoyed at home, with standouts such as fufu gnocchi, Havanese lamb belly, and mojitos.

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website [takeout/delivery]

Fufu gnocchi sits on a white plate with a scalloped edge. The gnocchi is garnished with herbs, a white sauce, and other ingredients.
Fufu gnocchi at Mariel
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4. Doña Habana

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811 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 708-1182
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At this Newmarket Square restaurant, try the arroz imperial con maduros (a casserole consisting of yellow rice, pulled chicken, and a topping of cheese and sweet plantains) and the tamal Cubano de cerdo (Cuban corn meal with pork wrapped in corn husks).

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: (617) 708-1182 [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery] / Grubhub [delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

A whole lobster sits on a white plate. Flames are coming off of it.
Flaming lobster at Doña Habana
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5. The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant

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349 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-4248
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A Jamaica Plain stalwart, the Old Havana has a vast menu, and everything is worth eating. Try the beef liver steak served with rice and beans, or a classic Cuban sandwich.

Currently offering takeout, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website [takeout]

The Old Havana
The Old Havana
The Old Havana/Official Site

6. Miami Restaurant

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381 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-4644

Another Jamaica Plain destination for Cuban cuisine. Try the ropa vieja, pollo guisado, seafood mofongo, and chicharrones.

Currently offering takeout, delivery, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: (617) 522-4644 [takeout] / Grubhub [delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

Miami Restaurant
Miami Restaurant
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7. El Oriental de Cuba

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416 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-6464
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Yet another great spot for Cuban food on Centre Street. Try the chicken fricassee or the Cuban sandwich (perhaps the best in the city), and wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s many tropical shakes. Pro tip: The coffee at El Oriental de Cuba is outstanding.

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: (617) 524-6464 [takeout] / Uber Eats [delivery]

El Oriental de Cuba
El Oriental de Cuba
El Oriental de Cuba/Official Site

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1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Churros stick out of a metal pail lined with paper, alongside a spicy chocolate dipping sauce, at Gustazo in Cambridge
Churros at Gustazo in Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Located in the sizable old Elephant Walk space in Porter Square, this Cambridge restaurant is known for its Cuban small plates and entrees — plenty of pork, plenty of seafood, and more. (Don’t miss the empanada of the day.) Bonus: Sam Treadway, the owner of the award-winning cocktail bar Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square, collaborated on Gustazo’s cocktail list. The restaurant also has a popular older sibling out in Waltham.

Currently offering takeout with curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: (855) 487-8296 [takeout] / Official Website [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery]

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. La Fábrica Central

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Overhead shot of a Cuban sandwich and side of French fries on a white plate
Sandwich Cubano at La Fábrica Central
La Fábrica Central/Official Website

The menu at Central Square restaurant and club La Fábrica Central is inspired by various Caribbean cuisines and includes plenty of nods to Cuba, with dishes like ropa vieja-stuffed empanadas and empanadas modeled after a Cuban sandwich. (The sandwich itself is also on the menu, in slider form.)

Currently offering takeout with curbside pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: (857) 706-1125 [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Mariel

10 Post Office Square #120, Boston, MA 02109
Fufu gnocchi sits on a white plate with a scalloped edge. The gnocchi is garnished with herbs, a white sauce, and other ingredients.
Fufu gnocchi at Mariel
Josh Jamison

Mariel opened in fall 2019, a sprawling, high-ceilinged palace of Cuban-inspired cuisine and cocktails from the team behind Lolita and Yvonne’s. While those who aren’t yet ready to dine inside a restaurant will want to avoid the gorgeous space for now, the menu can be enjoyed at home, with standouts such as fufu gnocchi, Havanese lamb belly, and mojitos.

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website [takeout/delivery]

10 Post Office Square #120
Boston, MA 02109

4. Doña Habana

811 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118
A whole lobster sits on a white plate. Flames are coming off of it.
Flaming lobster at Doña Habana
Doña Habana/Official Site

At this Newmarket Square restaurant, try the arroz imperial con maduros (a casserole consisting of yellow rice, pulled chicken, and a topping of cheese and sweet plantains) and the tamal Cubano de cerdo (Cuban corn meal with pork wrapped in corn husks).

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: (617) 708-1182 [takeout] / DoorDash [takeout/delivery] / Grubhub [delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

811 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

5. The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant

349 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Old Havana
The Old Havana
The Old Havana/Official Site

A Jamaica Plain stalwart, the Old Havana has a vast menu, and everything is worth eating. Try the beef liver steak served with rice and beans, or a classic Cuban sandwich.

Currently offering takeout, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website [takeout]

349 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

6. Miami Restaurant

381 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Miami Restaurant
Miami Restaurant
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Another Jamaica Plain destination for Cuban cuisine. Try the ropa vieja, pollo guisado, seafood mofongo, and chicharrones.

Currently offering takeout, delivery, outdoor dining, and indoor dining.

Order: (617) 522-4644 [takeout] / Grubhub [delivery] / Uber Eats [delivery]

381 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

7. El Oriental de Cuba

416 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
El Oriental de Cuba
El Oriental de Cuba
El Oriental de Cuba/Official Site

Yet another great spot for Cuban food on Centre Street. Try the chicken fricassee or the Cuban sandwich (perhaps the best in the city), and wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s many tropical shakes. Pro tip: The coffee at El Oriental de Cuba is outstanding.

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: (617) 524-6464 [takeout] / Uber Eats [delivery]

416 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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